Your safety is important! The Victory Ride staff and volunteers will create a safe route and cycling environment. To ensure your own safety and the safety of your fellow cyclists, please adhere to the following safety guidelines.
- The Victory Ride is not a race.
- Except for the Family Ride, all routes of the Victory Ride will be held on open roads. Motor traffic will be present, so always be aware of the vehicles, riders and pedestrians around you.
- Always wear a helmet when riding your bike—helmets are required at the Victory Ride.
- Obey all instructions from law enforcement and Victory Ride staff and volunteers. When spoken to, the response should include appreciation of the concern expressed.
- If you need to take or make a phone call, or snap a photo, stop riding and pull over to the side of the road, out of the way of other riders and drivers. Use of a phone while riding is strictly prohibited.
- Headphones, iPods and radios are not permitted while riding.
- Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.
- Ride single file. Pass on the left only when it's safe to do so.
- Ride with traffic on the right side of the road. Ride as far to the right as is safely possible, except when passing.
- Leave one bike length between you and the rider in front of you. Do not cross the yellow centerline regardless of the passing zone.
- Use verbal cues to communicate with other riders:
- “On your left”
- “Car back”
- "Turning right" or "Turning left"
- Use hand cues to point out potential hazards in the road, like potholes and debris.
- Ride defensively. Never assume that a driver or another cyclist sees you.
- Always be courteous and respectful of other riders and the general public.
We will send additional Ride Day safety rules and regulations to all participants via email prior to event day. Thank you for helping us make safety a priority!
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or new to riding, the training you do in the weeks and months leading up to the Victory Ride will make Ride Day (and your memories of it) more enjoyable. The more prepared you are, the more likely you will cross the finish line with a smile on your face.
Your Training Guide [Coming Soon!] will include information about safety, nutrition and staying injury-free. We also provide training programs with recommendations for how far and how often you should be riding.
Note: Programs in the Victory Ride Training Guide are meant to be used as guidelines. Before you begin any endurance training program, consult with your doctor to discuss your current physical condition and any potential risks or limitations.
Group rides are fun! If you are on a team, you may already have scheduled training rides in place. Additionally, in 2018, we will offer group training rides in and around the Triangle area. Group rides are a fun way to swap training stories, test new gear, build endurance and prepare yourself for Ride Day. We will notify all participants by email as soon as we schedule our first official training ride.
If you do not live close enough to participate in our rides, connect with a local cycling group in your area. In addition to having company on your long rides, maybe you will even make new cycling friends who will want to join you for the Victory Ride. We would be happy to help you start a team!